Southern Tablelands Arts and the Upper Lachlan Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest from artists to create a mural near the public amenities in Crookwell.
The project aims to form part of an overall site revitalisation to create better public spaces for the community and local businesses. The temporary public art is planned to be in place for up to five years.
It is part of a trial of works set up to test ideas across the Upper Lachlan Shire, including a pop-up cafe in Laggan.
The project area includes an existing artwork by Lynne Flemons of a colourful street scene printed onto perspex completed in 2008. Ms Flemons worked with the community to create the artwork.
"People loved the seasons and the gardens, noted that wind farms were part of the landscape, spoke about some of the architecture and events, prominent and special places, farming and agriculture, young people and the older generation," Ms Flemons said.
"Silhouettes of buildings, trees, autumn leaves, the road to Crookwell, the surrounding hills, train station, farmers, youth with their cars and music, the showground, a water tank, the church were all features combined to create the design.
"I used collage, painting, and drawing to bring the elements together."
The new mural will cover the north-western brick wall opposite the public amenities which is nearly 15 metres long. The artist could also create additional elements elsewhere in the courtyard, including the brick wall behind the main mural area. It will also include a rotating display of artwork in the window fronting Goulburn Street.
The area will also have a vertical garden, mosaic, repainted seating, rendered brick, and facia renovation as part of the project.
It is expected to be completed before the end of the year.
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The council has secured grant funding as part of the Streets as Shared Spaces program to test out more permanent ideas.
The funding worth $215,000 will include a bike rack outside of Cafe Zestt, seating and a planter pot outside Paul's Cafe, an urban lounge parklet outside the Visitor Information Centre, a mural on Roberts Street, and large potted trees on painted islands on the corners of Roberts and Goulburn streets.
Traffic improvements will include pedestrian island markings on four corners of Roberts and Goulburn streets, and a cycle path on Roberts Street towards Pat Cullen Reserve.
In Taralga, projects will include straight line chevron line marking, and temporary islands. It will also include street art and large potted trees at the village entry.
There will also be a temporary cafe area constructed in Laggan in the parking space outside the Laggan Hotel on Peelwood Road.
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